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Louise Rohm

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BENNINGTON -- The Lord and his multitude of angels came to carry Louise Josephine Rohm, 100, off to heaven on Friday, Oct. 15, 2004. She was a resident of the Bennington Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on Aug. 16, 1904 to Joseph P. S. Duffy and Anna L. Baker of Hicksville, Long Island, N.Y.

Louise was a graduate of Washington Irving High School and completed post-graduate work in art and design in Brooklyn, N.Y. She worked for the Title Guarantee and Trust Company as a draftsman and also taught in the New York City school system. In those years on Long Island, she sang in her church choir, and was a member of the Hicksville Players, a local theater group. She acted, sang and danced in several plays.

In 1934, she married Francis A. Rohm, also of Hicksville, Long Island. Mr. Rohm predeceased her in 1963. Upon moving to Vermont in 1945, she and her husband co-owned and operated a tourist business for 30 years. Louise worked for Flint and Robbins in Bennington for a short time and in her later years worked for the Office on Aging as an outreach worker, assisting many seniors who looked forward to her visits. She was an active member of the 1-40 Club for many years, and enjoyed helping with their numerous community activities. Louise was a talented artist, seamstress and poet. She enjoyed crafts and creating her own crocheting designs. Her home, family and church were always her priorities. She will long be remembered for her winning smile, sunny disposition, sense of humor, helpful nature and love for parties, music and dance.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Evelyn Duffy and Ethyl Smatlak. Survivors include her daughter Francene A. Endres and son-in-law H. John Endres, of Bennington and two grandsons, Jon F. Endres and his wife Tammy of Shaftsbury and Walter A. Endres of Colorado Springs, Colo. Other survivors include a favorite cousin, John Baker and his wife and family, of Flemington, N.J. She also leaves her newest great-grandson, Russell Walter, and three older great-grandchildren, Preston, Trenton and Abigail, whom she always loved to see. A Mass of Christian death and burial will be celebrated on Monday morning, Oct. 18, at St. John the Baptist Church in North Bennington at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Edward Howard, pastor officiating. Assisting at Mass will be the Rev. Michael DeMasi. Interment will follow in the family lot in St. Columban’s Cemetery in Arlington. A time of refreshment will follow in the parish hall immediately following the committal.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. The vigil service will be offered during the calling hours.

Memorials in her honor may be made to the Bennington Project Independence, Bennington Health and Rehabilitation Louise J. Rohm Nursing Scholarship Fund or the St. John the Baptist Endowment Fund through the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner from Oct. 16 to Oct. 18, 2004
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